Just a blog post to point out the obvious- all the images you see on my website have been taken by me.
You’d think that was a given, right? Some photographers locally are selling their work on the strength of images
they show- but have not taken. Using ‘stock’ images to show off their skills is not being honest. You may think you are getting
‘cheap’ photography packages, and trusting the photographer to get your one- off images of your wedding (no re-shooting there) or of your newborn baby, but will you be getting to the standard of the images you see on the website?
I can assure you are putting your wedding photography in safe hands when you choose me as your wedding photographer.
You can trust me with your new baby to capture those precious images- they will be along the lines of the work you already see on my website.
I will not be ‘conning’ you into booking by showing you work that is not representative of my style- “What you see is what you get!”
Book with confidence.
Some beautiful babies in this week, I’m going to pop the last two in one post, as I’m a lazy blogger and need to get on processing some other work!
The ‘Lion King’ pose is very popular, but rather tricky to do, well done to this Daddy for holding his arms in a most uncomfortable position for rather a long time, and also to the baby, who was most obliging!
I can get through a newborn baby session in approximately 2 hours, and through using my ‘special’ techniques that I have devised, I have yet to be defeated by a baby who refuses to sleep and curl. I still prefer the newborn session to be taken under 10 days old. Then I can do my ‘baby magic’.
Once again, I have teamed up with our lovely local garden centre, and this time it’s ‘Pet Week’. Bring along your pet- any type for a shoot at the Friquet.
A local vet will be on hand to advise, with special offers on selected pet items, (see the Friquet for details)
and a photo shoot an competition.
Meanwhile, here are some lovely doggies!
Isn’t she beautiful? How many of us at 18 ever realised how beautiful we were?
Yet looking back now, I’d love to tell my 18 year old self just how wonderful I was…
Roanne stands at the door of adulthood as she goes to the UK to start her independent life, and her Mum knowing just how much she will change has had photoshoot and book done for her.
It’s like the American’s have their ‘senior’ photographs… and it’s such a great time of life to record all that potential.
If you have a child going to uni next year, don’t leave it to the week before they go to get your photoshoot done, start thinking about it early summer.
It was a lovely day for a wedding, and Margo glowed all day long with a huge smile that never stopped, she looked fantastic in her dress.
Daniel looked amazed when he saw her arrive in the church, where the very friendly Vicar conducted a touching service.
With a stop off in Candie gardens, the bride and groom then walked to the Duke of Richmond hotel for the reception.
The reception glowed under the light of hundreds of candles and looked magical. A walk along the tree avenue outside the Duke of Richmond made for some fun shots of the wedding party.
The band for the evening was cracking with everyone up and dancing from the first note.
All in all, a very lovely wedding day.
A new baby book has been started with this one shot.
A baby year book is a lovely way to keep-sake baby’s first year. A regular photo session is scheduled from
bump, newborn, sitting, crawling, walking. The little human changes so much in the first 12 months of life, it
makes so many lovely memories of a time that passes so rapidly. (even if in the midst of the sleepless nights you think
it will go on forever!)
chilled mummy Autumn Summer, a local harpist. Autumn had her wonderful music recorded and playing as Caspian
entered the world. How wonderful, and what a super family they are.
Caspian you are a lucky little boy.
Two friends one session- it’s the way to go!
If you want a solo shoot, but feel camera shy, just bring along a friend or two. It makes you forget the camera, and feel less
self conscious, and you get some great buddy photos too! We went on an island tour to a few of my outdoor ‘studios’ I have
numbers for them and like to run a circuit of them. I vary which places I use due to light and time of the year/tides etc.
So many variables that it never gets boring or you end up with lots of photos looking the ‘same’. (Altho’ I do admit to some faves!)
Stephanie’s glorious red hair was fab to shoot, and poor girl went home with a headache from all the head banging I had her do!
Not ‘goodbye’ but ‘see you later’ to Jade. A quick session for Jade and her brother and sister before she headed off to Australia and jungle trekking!
A lovely family who will miss Jade very much (and me, she’s gone with my son!!)
As much as you will be missed, we wish you bon voyage, and godspeed as you set off on your travels. From teeny Guernsey to the great land mass that
is Australia, just a bit of a difference, then!
No one can resist the irrepressible Sarah Griffith, neither could I when asked to come along to St James and take some photos for the wonderful event
to raise monies for musical instruments for Haiti. Here are just a few shots from the evening. Splendid music, dancing, and some amazingly generous
donations and bidding for some super items donated. Including a stay at Chateau Charlie http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g1833228-d1025437-Reviews-Chateau_Charly-Cher_Berry_Centre.html who give 50% of takings to support the Bridge to Haiti charity.
It has been a fabulous summer, and there has been a lot of beach portraits for me. I love shooting on the beach, it’s Guernsey at it’s best!
This was a joint birthday party for two 11 year old young ladies who love to laugh, run around like crazies and eat cake!
So, 25 (or so) 11 year olds met on Grande Rocque beach for a run around, game of rounders, jumping in the water and a barbecue.
As you can see they had a blast.
The time is coming close, the opening of Fairyland at Le Friquet is soon!
Meet our Wonderful Wizard! He is a real wizard and children love him.
Meet Winter Fairy, our graceful dancer.
Meet the cheeky pixie, the woodland fairy.
Bring along the children, we have costumes up to six years for boys and 12 for girls, they will have an amazing experience in Fairyland, and a magical photoshoot.
There are a few spaces left, so click the Fairyland tab and book a space.
Huge Congratulations to the Morris family, who today are celebrating Mum & Dad’s 40th Wedding anniversary.
40 Years ago the Morris’ came to Guernsey for their honeymoon, and look how lovely they are with each other!
A delightful family, and a privilege to photograph them all.
Thank you for asking me to share a small part in your celebrations, and have a fab meal at La Fregate tonight.
Don’t leave it so long before you come over again!
Today St Peter Port saw a ‘Flutter of Fairies’ come to Town. The last day of the Town carnival was the perfect time to wander
the streets and bring a smile to many faces, and for some little people a frown as they tried to work out quite what was happening!
Many thanks to our wonder fairy girls who did a great job in telling the children where they could go to dress up and have their photo taken.
I think you can see who is the most determined to share and earn her ice cream! Fairies love getting paid in ice cream!
We managed to do our stroll around town, and get back in to the cars before the heavens opened.
Despite all the grim weather we have had in early summer, the day dawned fine and bright for the wedding of Rhiana and Michael.
Rhiana was a stunning bride, natural and sweet and a bit wood nymph thrown in as well!
Michael, her handsome groom waited patiently for her to arrive at Le Guet, a beautiful location for a summer wedding.
The forest was hung with ribbons and white hearts, the sun shining down, casting a dappled light which made everything look pretty (but hard to battle with for photos!)
The bridesmaids were also fairy creatures with their dresses wafting in the little breeze. It was a very emotional day for all the participants with almost as many tears as there was laughter.
A fab paella lunch followed at Le Gouffre, after some stunning moments on the cliffs for their couple photographs.
On a lovely evening last week we went out for a beach shoot with a lovely family, and great fun kids. I won’t tell you why the sequence of the kids are laughing SO hard- but I’ll bet you can guess!
Funny, I have a photo similar to this from my childhood with my brothers! What is it with boys…?
Anyway, the mist was gently rolling in, and gave some lovely soft light for the shoot, so after getting the family to run around the dunes for a bit we finished off at the slipway.
Great fun, and despite the guys initial reluctance to participate in the session, I think fun was had by all.
Thanks Andre & Nikki.
I have a ‘thing’ about a pre-wedding shoot. I think it is such a useful tool to get to know a wedding couple before the Big Day. I think that the bride and groom both feel more relaxed in front of my camera once we have done an ‘avant’ shoot. On the day when I bowl up with all the camera gear I don’t feel like a stranger pointing the camera at them all day, it’s easier all ’round.
So, it was a stonking hot day (not complaining, just sayin’) and we had discussed a beach shoot, but the beaches were crowded and it felt more intimate to avoid the crowds. As we had to re-arrange the shoot it ended up being on a Sunday- the perfect time for a quieter St Peter Port, so that’s where we went.
We had a nice quiet wander around St Peter Port, and discovered some little used lanes, away from the crowds, and the very hot sun.
Looking forward to shooting the wedding next month- I think Daniel has got over his shock!
I’m not going to let on how ‘special’ Mums’ b’day was…. but the children and husband came in the week before the big day, and managed to sneak out without her noticing- never an easy thing to do!
They even bought the lovely family dog with them, a beautiful ‘Goldie’. As I have a ‘Goldie’ myself, I’d have to say I am rather fond of them! We went for a quick spin on L’Ancresse common, with the wind whipping around and it made for some interesting expressions, and hair arrangements!
But Dan & Chloe were sterling in the face of the wind, and we had a great shoot.
So to top it all off, Dad smuggled some champagne to the studio to cool, and Mum was bought in on her (special) birthday without telling her what it was all about! So after a bit of winding her up about having her photo taken, we sat down to enjoy a lovely glass of champagne (oh, the perks of my job!!) while watching the slideshow of all the photos taken on our windy outing.
It was a lovely start to the birthday, and some lovely photographs are now winging their way to the family.
Enjoy, and Happy Birthday Anita!
Mum and Dad brought little Abbie in when she was 8 weeks old, and altho she was past the ‘newborn’ stage (photographically speaking) she was very obliging with her smiles and sweet nature. She has such sparkling eyes and didn’t miss a trick! Abbie took in all the goings on in the studio and was a pleasure to shoot.
If you have missed the 10 day limit for the newborn session, you can still have lovely images like these of Abbie, but come in prepared to be a baby ‘prop’!
Always a delight to have brand new people come in to the studio, and little Remy just a few days old was no exception. With a lovely family to welcome him he was a delight to photograph.
These curly poses can only be done with babies under 10 days old, so please speak to me early about your newborn session.
When Anna and her best friend have birthdays so close together, and share all the same friends a joint party is in order! They proved that ‘Girls just wanna have fun!’
Meeting up with them on Grande Rocque beach for some party fun, hot dogs and lovely homemade cupcakes, games of rounders and lots of leaping and twirling it was a great party!
It made me dizzy to see so many cartwheeling girls. So here are some photos to share the fun. It made for a great party momento to have it recorded in this way, and some very individual ‘Thank-you’ cards to send out afterwards with the group photo on to remember it by.
These are the lazy days of summer, and a childhood to remember.
So often when photographing babies, you need a little magic dust to remove teeny skin blemishes, dribble, and other ‘bits’
These photos are straight out of camera- and I had to throw away many ‘perfect’ images, because Archie’s parents would be here all day when choosing- in fact, they could never choose!
Here is a bit of baby perfection, smiley, sweetness; Archie.
The Goring Hotel, London was the venue of choice for Sam and Dawn’s civil partnership, they had a touching ceremony attended by their four children, and families.
Champagne and laughter flowed as they relaxed with friends. Then the dancing started to fab live music, and went on late into the evening.
Fab day for a wedding! Karen and Glen got married and the sun shone, and the fire engine brought the bride to the
church! A fab entourage of fireman threw confetti over the couple as they left the church. We then went to the ‘cup
and saucer’ (Fort Grey) for photographs, even tho’ the wind was very blowy. I was picking sand out of my hair for
the next two days. Karen looked stunning, and her sister was showing me photos from her wedding album, that I
shot 14 years earlier… and… there were Karen & Glenn as teenagers!
They were still together 14 years on, and finally ready to tie the knot. It was a fun day and a great reception at Bruce
Russel’s Gold and Silversmith cafe- ‘The Mint’. They did a fab job and it was a relaxed informal time.
Congratulations, Karen & Glen.
What a fabulous wedding weekend we just had. With our good friends who have moved up to the Lake District.
I love the ‘Wedding Bubble’ you get with off island weddings, staying in the Groom’s family home, and all the little
details that lead up to the big day, and the bbque afterwards. Eating breakfast in the garden, with all the wedding family
sitting around in PJ’s!
Perfect moments of collapse after it’s all over, and not to mention the wedding day itself. It was a full on ceremony, with a
good 200 guests singing fit to raise the roof, always a heart warming sound.
Lizzie’s grandfather, a Vicar, brought a certain solemnity to the proceedings as he married the young couple. It was a moving
service, and according to Grandad, they are now ‘properly’ married because they used the old wedding vows!
It was a bit touch and go as to if Jos and Lizzie would be allowed to kiss during the ceremony as according to Grandad, (a very
traditional Vicar) this was a “new founded idea brought in after the war by the American soldiers!”
Confetti and cake abounded at the village hall, then a ride to a bluebell spot for couple photos, and a special thanks to Sarah & Joshua
for chauffeuring me.
The Ceilidh in the evening was a big hit, I love a good Ceilidh as it gets young and old, and ‘non’ dancers on the floor. A real ‘family’
affair (well, aren’t they all?!)
Anyway, I travel for weddings- do please get in touch for a quote.
Enjoy the photos, and have a great honeymoon in Corfu, Mr & Mrs De la Mare!
Quick! Here’s summer! Well, you have to shoot the blue skies when you can…
A delightful family, with mum Dawn as a midwife seeing my baby photos in people’s homes decided to book
her family in. So glad she did! Her giggly girls were a delight to photograph, and not shy at all.
We had great fun in the sand dunes.
It’s been a fab weekend for weddings, two in a row. Such lovely people and families. I’ve known both families for decades, but never made
the connection back!
Francesca and David’s wedding was lovely and sunny. And a helpful weekend with both grooms called ‘David’! Didn’t make it any easier when it
came to remembering all the other names in the parties!
This wedding had the unusual reception of being held at Les Vaugrat campsite- a lovely location, and family home to boot!
What a fab day for a wedding! It was a pleasure to see Maddy and David get married. Lovely families, lovely people, and
such funny speeches- they had me snorting (don’t think that was very helpful for ‘unobtrusive’ coverage!)
Very tasty wedding cake made by Jeanne- I enjoyed my slice while editing the wedding, seemed appropriate.
I always love to do wedding photography, and often say that I have the best job in the world, I get people at such momentous times in their lives- Weddings, babies, engagements,
family reunions, and any special event that a family wants to capture, I’m there! It’s a privilege to be able to share with families these most precious times.
If you are planning a wedding, get in touch. I’m happy to meet up and have a chat about your special day.
Hurrah, at last we are getting out and about for session.
I loved this little sequence… going, going, gone! Big grin!
Mum is chatting to big brother Harry, and Amy, unsure, decides to launch herself down the slide, the look of
panic on mum’s face as she makes a grab, and the big grin from Amy – “Fooled ya!”
Just did a beach shoot for a family the night before going on my Easter holidays. I loved this shot, and without spoiling it for the birthday granny,
this will not give the gift suprise away!
We had a lovely evening, and just a little sunlight enough to add a lovely feel to the images.
I dashed off, went on my hols, and just processed this batch this morning and wanted to share one.
Business as usual, sounds like spring did not arrive while I was away… hopefully it will now!
Since I got back from my trip away, the studio has been filled with lovely newborn babies, so I thought one
post to cover all babies! I love those moments with baby toes, beautiful mummies, despite tiredness coming
in with the babies under 10 days old, and still managing to have such amazing look of love on their faces, that
radiates away tiredness, and shines a beacon of love as they look at their babies.
Daddies who’s strong arms and hands tenderly hold such small people. That look of wonder that says “Look
who we made!”
Magic moments- please give me plenty of notice of your due date, and get your little ones in under 10 days old
for those sweet images.
Included in the set of images below, there is also a baby aged 8 weeks, and this brings a totally different look
to your photographs, with easy smiles and wonderful eye connection. Babies are fab to photograph at every age!
What a lovely day for a wedding- and Tina & Nigel were so lucky with the weather, mild and sunny. A family drink before
heading off to the greffe, then perfectly rounding off the day with afternoon tea at the OGH. All these images are posting
in reverse order, I’m still learning about my new blog!
I love this first (Last) image, looks like these two gentlemen are playing chess. Tina was radiant with a stunning smile
all day that did not leave her face. The grandchildren were delightful, and provided plenty of photo material.
A lovely honeymoon in Paris followed.
All the best, Nigel and Tina!
This is where you’ll find me for the next few days- in Keswick in the beautiful Lake District.
I am up at 5.00am to see what my assignment is, and even when I know, I can’t blog it!
But you can follow the group on instagram and facebook, and take a peek behind the scenes.
I know these posts are going in reverse, but it’s hard to think backwards when making them!
Off tomorrow for the workshop, (see below) and here are some images from year two.
And the amazing ladies at ‘Punktured’ in Brighton, a fab crew and some great moments.
A huge thank you to the public who were so sporting with their piercings to let me in!
Well, that’s it, the last shoot of the day has just left, a sweet little fella called Joseph, who behaved
like a dream for his shoot. Now I am ‘going dark’ until next weekend, when I can tell you all about
my adventures in Keswick. If you remember I hosted a workshop here in Guernsey last Feb and brought
30 photographers over to trail various local people in a documentary workshop. This year we are going
to Keswick, in the Lake District- a first for me!
I have no idea what I will be shooting (as per the workshop format) and I’m looking forward to my annual
shot in the arm. Mixing with creatives, and inspirational photographers who spur me to work harder, and
‘see’ better is always a challenge and sets me up for the year’s shooting.
Follow the workshop blog here, and see what we have done in the past, and what members get up to:
Starting with the talented Jo Tennant and her dancers: http://www.mvphotographers.co.uk/dancing-in-light-jo-tennant/
The workshop we did in Guernsey last year: http://www.mvphotographers.co.uk/myvision/
I’m going to upload a small selection from previous years workshops so you can see what we do. This was ‘Year 1′ of MV workshops
for me, and I’d just got back from sunny Australia, so they decided a stint on the ice would ‘cool me down’ and I was put on to
Worthing Ice Rink, in the snow, outdoors for two very long, cold days! Here are some of the images from that time:
There are so many lovely photos from this session, but just the one here for a little preview for Mummy- as I want to keep the others
as a suprise!
Another newborn, and this little chap just crept over the 10 day limit, and boy, could I see the difference! Babies just ‘uncurl’ so much
when they reach 2 weeks, and what is a usually straightforward session becomes more challenging!
Never one to be defeated, we got a lovely set of images for this little fella, more will be blogged after his Mummy has had her first viewing.
Still figuring out how this new blog works, and I’m behind on blogging latest work, so some photos are too big, others too small!
Please bear with me if I have not blogged your session yet, I am working my way through a bit of a back log.
Well, here we have the adorable Harley, I love the one with her Dad’s belt in!
Harley’s Mum and Dad made the huge effort to get into the studio before Harley was at he 10 day limit for newborns, and were rewarded
with a cup of tea for their efforts- and a stunning set of images of Harley.
I love the one of her with the pink edging and the sweet smile. Baby smiles are like a whisper, they come and are gone very quickly
and it’s a great moment when I can capture one.
Please get in touch as soon as you can with your newborn. Spaces are limited and I will do my best to fit all comers in.
This is the second session I have done for this family, and this lovely little boy has grown from a curled up little chap into a very smiley,
happy little boy! He giggled and kicked his way through his session and enjoyed all the attention.
I look forward to watching him grow as we complete his year book.
If you would like details of the Year Book package, please use the ‘contact me’ tab and send me an email.
An unusual job came in last year, and produced some lovely large black and white images which I will
just right for a dog walk!one here. It’s of Richmond cafe, in winter with a moody sky…
While I working on the assignment, a house restoration I also popped into the Vazon cafe (as it was)
and took some images of it. I need to get around to processing those as well!
If your a fan of moody B&W’s enjoy…